LNP MP Michael Hart goes to police claiming Palmer Party offered inducement to switch
Following allegations by Member for Burleigh Michael Hart that a PUP envoy tried to entice him with financial sweeteners an assertion refuted by the party state leader Alex Douglas Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan today said a PUP member also approached him a week later, but without a financial incentive.
said they could . help me with my campaign if I was their candidate and rambled on how they needed one more MP to form the official opposition, he said.
Mr Hart Pandora Charms has alleged in a police complaint that he was invited to name his price for switching allegiances by an emissary claiming to act for Palmer United Party.
PUP Queensland leader Alex Douglas, who holds the seat of Gaven, admitted today that someone representing the party had approached Mr Hart but denied any inducement was offered.
It is understood the Palmer party is also interested in courting other LNP MPs and has spoken to at least three sitting members.
It believes at least one will soon jump ship and join PUP.
Mr Douglas and Yeerongpilly MP Carl Judge have joined Palmer United Party after leaving the LNP.
Any new defections could give Mr Palmer party the numbers in State Parliament to oust Labor as the official Opposition, in an alliance between PUP, Katter Australia Party and the Independents.
Newman attacks fuel PUP interest
Mr Palmer last night insisted he had no knowledge of an approach to Mr Hart and did not believe his claims because he was not in the business of using intermediaries to do his political work.
I know approached him and I don work through intermediaries my friend, goodbye, he said.
It is illegal in Queensland to offer an MP any type of incentive to influence their electoral behaviour.
PUP Queensland leader Alex Douglas, who holds the Gold Coast hinterland seat of Gaven, has told AAP someone representing the party had approached Mr Hart.
But he said Mr Hart claims about an inducement being offered were entirely false.
one, I didn speak to him, Dr Douglas said.
the inducement issue is an absolute lie and we going to compel him to retract it. if anyone from the Palmer party had spoken to Mr Hart, Dr Douglas said: there people who have spoken to him. Yes they have.
was basically to say: we know you not going to be pre selected or endorsed by the party (at the next election) and if you want to have a career, you are welcome to come and discuss that with us. inducement allegation will further inflame the bitter feud the Federal MP for Fairfax and his party is having with the Newman Government.
Mr Palmer yesterday revealed plans to su Pandora Charms e Campbell Newman for defamation over the Premier claims on the weekend that the wealthy mining magnate used cash and job incentives to lure three Northern Territory MPs to his party.
Mr Newman will be the second Queensland Premier sued by Mr Palmer who also Pandora Charms took action against Anna Bligh.
things he said about me were very scandalous and untrue, Mr Palmer said.
needs to explain what he meant and what evidence he got of it. Hart said he was unaware which other LNP members had been courted by PUP but was confident there were others if secret alliance plans had been conc Pandora Charms octed by the crossbenches.
suggested to me that they only needed one more State Member to become the official opposition in Queensland and if I be interest in coming across to Palmer, he said.
Mr Hart said his conversation with the Palmer Party representative began on another pretext but quickly descended into warnings that damaging revelations about Newman Government members would surface during an inquiry PUP planned to kickstart when it held the balance of power in the Senate.
said that when they took control of the Senate there would be a public inquiry into the Queensland Government to work out why some things had been happening, he said.
sort of intimated that there was certain information they had about some members and they would be asking questions about the behaviour of some members. Palmer United Party source yesterday said than 12 Government MPs had spoken with the Member for Fairfax in recent months with Labor predicting the greatest electoral pain for the LNP would occur on the Sunshine and Gold Coasts.
can confirm to you that we are in discussions with many backbenchers in the State Parliament, who expressed their concern about (Mr Newman leadership or lack of it, Mr Palmer said.